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POST TIME: 20 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Three Egyptian soldiers killed
AFP

Three Egyptian soldiers killed

Sinai: Egypt said yesterday three of its soldiers had been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group, reports AFP.

Four “extremists” were also killed, the military said in a statement.

It was the first military death toll announced since the army started its campaign on February 9.

It says it has killed about 60 jihadists and arrested hundreds of suspects since the operation began.

It launched the offensive after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave his army commander a three month deadline in November to quash a jihadist insurgency which has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen.

The ultimatum came after suspected IS gunmen massacred more than 300 worshippers at a mosque in northern Sinai the same month.

The group has also targeted Christians, killing more than 100 in suicide bombings and attacks since December 2016.

On Thursday, IS used its al-Nabaa propaganda newsletter to threaten further attacks on Christians and tourists in Egypt.